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Sustainable Eating Ideas for Earth Day

(NC) With Earth Day around the corner it's a good time to think about how the food we eat impacts our environment. Many of the reports predicting 2017 food trends put sustainable eating on the list of things we will be looking for the most this year. We talked to Sonya Fiorini, senior director of corporate social responsibility at Loblaw for her top tips on eating sustainably. Reduce yo ....

5 Tips for Keeping Nutrition on Track while Travelling

(NC) We've all experienced the symptoms of a post-vacation food hangover. Road trips, long flights and hotel stays make it difficult to stick to a nutritious eating routine, while overindulgence in sugary cocktails, greasy food or buffet fare doesn't help either. Fortunately, Nema McGlynn, registered dietitian at Loblaws, believes vacations don't need to be synonymous with diet disas ....

How to Get Your kids Out of the House and into the Garden

(NC) Look up the positive effects of gardening and you'll find a wealth of studies from educational and government institutions that support its impact on your physical and mental well-being. But it's not just adults who benefit from time in the garden. It's a great way to spend time with your kids while teaching them about biology, food and geology. Here, garden guru Frank Ferragine, a ....

Staying Energized at Work During Ramadan

(NC) With Ramadan approaching, many Muslims are getting ready for a month of fasting and special prayers. Fasting during this time is important as it's meant to humble oneself, increase moral discipline and serve as a reminder of the plight of those less fortunate who live in hunger and deprivation. During this period, many will fast from dawn until sunset. Before dawn, Muslims eat the ....

5 Reasons to Choose Canadian Wines

(NC) Wine lovers and professional tasters at home and abroad know Canadian wines rival the best in the world. Next time you shop for wine, consider these reasons to go patriotic when choosing a vineyard. 1. Take a tour. Take advantage of a local winery near you. Most offer guided tours explaining their production process and treat guests to tastings of their most-coveted vintages. Th ....

Iodine Protection from Nuclear Fallout? Not aAlways, Warns the Health Ranger in Science article Debunking Iodine Myths

As the risk of nuclear war continues rising by the day, iodine myths abound on the internet. While iodine is very important for protecting your thyroid and other organs from iodine-131, a dangerous radionuclide, the zealous over-promotion of iodine has led many people to falsely believe that iodine can protect them from ALL forms of radiation. Not only is that false, it’s also dangerous ....

Sharpen Your Maple Syrup Tasting Skills

(NC) Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a professional food taster? A dream job for many, an accomplished taster continually explores a vast repertoire of foods, from artichokes to zucchini and even old fashioned Canadian maple syrup. Canada produces approximately 75 per cent of the world's maple syrup, exporting it to 75 countries around the world. Scientists from Agriculture ....

Create better-for-you Brown Bag Lunches

(NC) If your meals for work are starting to feel bland, try a Canadian secret for zipping up sandwiches – mustard. Homemade meals come to life with just a dash of the condiment. Mustard is a staple crop for Canadian farmers. We export it all around the world – to Europe, the United States and Asia. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers are also working with mustard growers an ....

Starting or Expanding a farm Business? Funding Help for Current and Aspiring Farmers

(NC) Starting and growing a successful business begins with a solid business plan and knowing your financing options. For many farm business owners (especially young or new ones), getting access to financing may be the most challenging aspect of making plans a reality. But financing options are available. The Canadian Agricultural Loans Act Program is about supporting farmers ....

How to Boost Your farm Business in Tough Times

(NC) Money problems can strike anyone at any time - especially in today's economy. Fortunately, if you're a farmer, there's a way to help protect yourself against future disasters and the highs and lows of farming. A program called AgriStability works as a kind of insurance for farmers, where they pay a relatively small fee to enroll and can trigger a payment in a lower income year wh ....

Treat Loved Ones to Superfruit Pancakes

(NC) Delicious blueberries are a Canadian favourite for good reason - they're rich in disease-fighting nutrients and are a good source of antioxidants. Now you can enjoy them even more throughout the year, as Canadian researchers are working on growing and storing them longer outside the normal season. The team at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Kentville Research and Development Ce ....

Weekday Dinner Wins Start with Pantry Staples

(NC) There are few tasks less desirable than making dinner after a long day. Finding something to please picky eaters that doesn't break the bank or take hours to prepare – can feel impossible. Keep things organized and get a delicious, wholesome dinner on the table as fast as possible stocking your pantry with staples like olive oil, instant rice, or pasta. The next time you face a d ....

Reasons to Consider plant-based Eating

(NC) Plant-based eating has grown into a major health food trend in recent years, however, it is far from new. In fact, Canada's Food Guide recommends we eat more daily servings of vegetables, fruits and grains and that we consume a variety of plant-based meat alternatives like beans, lentils and tofu. You are probably asking yourself, “Is skipping the meat really good for me?” or ....